In the beginning, there were five guys who loved to play music. Beatle music in particular. They decided they would call their band, Apple. It made sense. Most of the music they played was on Apple Records. This was back in 1969. The original lineup was Bobby Redding, Grant Sudduth, Dewey McGuire, Lamont Sudduth, and Kent Scott. They soon became the opening act for Exile, a popular regional group at that time.
In the summer of ’71, Dewey left the group, moving to Tennessee, leaving them as a four-piece for a short period of time. During this period, Kent also left the band. Because of friendships growing up, it didn’t take long to find two replacements. LeMoyne Pilcher, a long-time friend of Grant’s joined the band as the new rhythm guitarist and Danny Ahler stepped in as the new drummer. Apple continued for a couple of more years, with Larry Conway eventually taking over as bassist. This was the final phase of Apple, lasting only another year, until the end of 1974.
Nineteen years later, in 2009, ex-Apple members, Bobby, Dan, and Grant started playing with other musicians performing Christian music around the area. And finally, in 2012, the three amigos decide to reform Apple which was renamed, Beyond Apple.
They played locally in Frankfort Kentucky for the next 9 years. Late in 2020, they decided to start putting together an album of original music. Sadly, in January 2021, Danny Ahler passed away from Covid.
Bobby and Grant now continue to keep the Beyond Apple flame alive, and the album is still under production.